JENNIFER JOHN | HOUSTON, TX
Sometimes a piece of art just catches your attention, calls your name, invites you in. That is exactly what Jennifer John does with her work. At first glance you see beautiful tone on tone, with pops of neutral colors mixed in - and it calls to you - beckons you to take a deeper look. And then you see it. All the layers, the texture, the color beneath the neutrals peek through, just enough for you to know it is there whispering to you, but not overpowering the piece.
Jennifer's art reminds me of having coffee with a friend, a good friend - the friend, whose layers of life you love. That friend whose eyes twinkle when she talks, showing the slightest wrinkle from years of laughing. That friend whose stories are deep, experience profound, and love never-ending.
I am excited for you to meet Jennifer and her art - click here to see five amazing pieces exclusively for art for the home.
So, tell us a little bit about yourself...
Let’s see… I have been married for 15 years to my college sweetheart, Eric. No one makes me laugh like he does. We have two boys, Wyatt (12) and Dixon (11). They are really the best kids. Curious and creative, spunky and smart.
I feel really lucky to be able to what I love for a living. They say to "do what you love and you’ll never work a day”, but not everyone gets the chance. I am very grateful for that. Its hard to put yourself out there, but so worth it.
Where are you from? Where do you live?
Born and raised in Houston, Texas. I still live in the Houston area suburbs with my family.
How long have you been a professional artist?
As long as I can remember I have been sketching and painting. I went to the University of Houston to pursue and career in interior design (which I still do) I only recently brought my art out of my studio.
Why did you pursue art as a career?
For me there was no other option. It is really just a part of me. I don’t know how to turn it “off” I am constantly thinking of colors and textures and how things play on one another whether I am creating or just seeing things in the world.
What is inspires you to paint? I love to explore how things play on each other. I do this in my painting, my interiors, the way I dress, cooking… really everything. I think that when you work with opposites whether it is texture, color, technique, or forms …. that is when it gets interesting. Often my favorite details are ones that happened by accident.
When you are not painting, what do you like to do?
When I’m not painting I love to hang out with my family and friends. I love to cook, it really relaxes me. I think cooking can be a lot like painting. Sometimes the best meals aren’t using a recipe or planned.
Favorite gift received
My favorite gifts I have received are gifts from my Grandma. She has given several pieces of her jewelry that I wear constantly. They are vintage and special and I love to mix them with my newer pieces.
That is a tough one! It’s hard to pick just one so I’ll say anything that is made from scratch with fresh veggies and fish. But a little pasta and cheese thrown in there didn’t hurt anyone. Oh and you need dessert, so anything dark chocolate will do.
I think my favorite drink would be wine. Although being from Texas, I have never passed up a margarita either. Especially my husband’s. They are delicious.
Favorite vacation spot.
My family and I love to take long road trips. A few years ago we drove from San Diego up the 101 to Northern California. It was really beautiful. This spring we are headed across Texas to Big Bend and Marfa which I am really excited about. I love any destination where the natural beauty of the area is the star.
3 things you could not live without (at the moment).
Let’s see….. at the moment my paints, true crime podcasts, and a little quiet at the end of the day.